5.1-magnitude aftershock jolts Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

A MAGNITUDE 5.1 aftershock from Sunday morning's 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit the province of Eastern Samar.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the second quake shook the province at 6 p.m. Sunday.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

HONOLULU -- The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.

Palace cites legal hurdle for gay marriage

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 08:04 p.m.

WHILE Malacañang respects the same sex marriage by some Filipinos, particularly of some show business personalities, it reminded the public that there is a law in the country that should be respected also.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting on the recent wedding of singer actress Aiza Seguerra and Liza Diño that took place in California, the United States.

P76M released to build 4 Visayas fish ports

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:59 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P76 million to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) for the creation of four fish ports across the country in order to boost the livelihood and food security of fishing communities.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the latest release forms part of the P480-million fund—of which a total of P289 million has already been released as of November 24 of this year—allocated to DA-BFAR and sourced from the 2014 National Budget.

Palace asks for understanding on train fare hike

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:52 p.m.

MALACAÑANG on Sunday appealed for understanding from the public why the government has to increase the fares on commuter trains in Metro Manila.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said that this is now the time to raise the fares for Light Rail Transit Line 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and 2) and Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

Aquino to visit Ruby-hit Eastern Samar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 07:46 p.m.

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III will visit Eastern Samar on Monday to extend assistance to those hit by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) that recently hit the country, a Palace official said Sunday.

Aquino will specifically go to Dolores town, where Ruby made its first landfall, and Borongan City, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Pagasa: No weather disturbance until Wednesday

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 05:47 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the country will be spared from storms in the next two to three days.

Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said they are not anticipating any cyclone to affect the Philippines until Wednesday.

Lacson resigns as rehab czar

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 02:58 p.m.

MANILA -- Secretary Panfilo Lacson will no longer oversee the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by February 2015, the Cabinet official said Sunday.

Speaking to radio dzBB, Lacson said he has submitted his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III and it will take effect on February 10, 2015.

DOH calls for healthy holiday celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 02:10 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is hoping that the public would consider serving nutritious meals this holiday season.

“Prepare well-balanced Noche Buena meals. Make sure that vegetable and fruits are on the table together with your traditional ham and queso de bola,” the department said in an advisory.

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:05 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said the former heavyweight boxing champion has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia.

Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday night that the 72-year-old boxing great is being treated by his team of doctors and is in a stable condition.

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